Former WWE Champion Big E recently reflected on his time as the titleholder and the journey with it. As a member of The New Day, Big E cashed in his Money In The Bank on Bobby Lashley in 2021, winning his first-ever world title with WWE.
However, he would lose the championship in a multi-man match at WWE Day One in 2022 and later sustained a neck injury that has kept him out of action for over a year. The 37-year-old superstar spoke about his first reign as WWE Champion in a heartfelt interview with Pop Culture.
While he appreciated the learning experience and felt fortunate for the opportunity, Big E admitted that he had hoped for more from his time as champion. Despite not feeling like his reign could have been better, he expressed pride in himself for handling the demanding schedule that came with the title.
Big E Embraces Champion's Grind
Big E described the constant grind of being the world champion, which involved traveling to different cities for Raw, SmackDown, live events, and media appearances in Las Vegas and New York.
He embraced the struggle and loved the opportunity to represent WWE outside the ring. The former champion shared some of the incredible experiences he had during his time as the world champion. These included participating in intros for Fury-Wilder 3, boxing walkouts, and appearing on The Breakfast Club.
Big E felt confident in his ability to excel on these powerful platforms and believed he was meant to be in such a position. Although Big E wanted more from his reign and felt that more could have been accomplished in the ring and on TV shows like SmackDown and Raw, he remained grateful for the opportunity and the doors that opened because of his run as champion.
He credited his New Day teammates Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods for their support and acknowledged that his growth as a performer was possible because of them.